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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas W W FEBRUARY ZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS Basketball Familiar foes Canyon and Lake Travis play in the Region IV quarterfinals Page S FORUM Planning ahead Eighth graders are the first Texas students who have to shape their future using the 4by4 Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 91 12 1 section CLICK Patchy fog High Low 81 61 Details DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 8 10 9 9 4 3 5 8 Another long night at City Hall fails in bid to change city charter recall petition submitted By Suzanne Staff Writer District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine lost a bid Monday night to introduce an ordinance to change the New Braunfels city charters recall The city council unani mously voted down the proposed ordinance Valen tine recused himself from the discussion and Valentine said the current city charter doesnt allow him a way to defend him self against the charges on a recall petition that was filed with Monday City Secretary Michael Resendez said the petition has 600 signatures but he needs to verify at least 221 are registered voters living in Valentines district to val idate the The bulk of the signa tures were collected Sat urday by recall support ers who canvassed Dis trict 6 asking residents to sign the recall which accuses Valentine of malfeasance and On Valentine sub mitted an addendum to the council agenda proposing an ordinance to require that prior to city council ordering a special shall determine by majori ty whether the recall petition properly identifies and supports a or for recall and Attorney Bill who attended the meeting at Valentines and Interim City Attorney Paul Isham both agreed that the council should vote against the Vote against the ordi nance because it doesnt have to do with the Norvelle If you do vote for it will wind up in court and each council person will wind up in court and each of you will be named as a Under fire councilman Ken Valentine fields questions from televi sion reporters during a break in proceedings at Mondays New Braunfels City Council MIRANDA HeraldZeitung In my the pro posed ordinance is improp unenforceable and he District 3 Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk said the way the charter reads there See Page 3 cooler rules tabled as council opts to recess until tonight By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council recessed at Monday tabling ordinances decision on cooler and tube sizes and the num ber of tubes that floaters can take on the Comal and Guadalupe The council could nt reach a decision after listening to local residents comments on the issue for more than two Members of the pub lic lined the council chambers and some sat outside watching the proceedings See Page 3 IF YOU OO New Braunfels City Council Resumes at 6 Municipal 424 Castell Landmark living Historic structure once powered most of transforms By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer A grand opening cere mony was held Mon day afternoon at Landmark formerly the Lower Colorado River Authoritys Comal Power Plant at 144 Landa Developer Larry Peel told the crowd of dignitaries and invited guests who attended the opening that he is proud to be part of the New Braun fels community and proud of his Were proud to be here and we want to be part of your he We hope what weve creat ed here is an asset to New Peel said he worked with historians and a historical architect to maintain the original structure and histor ical value of the Comal Pow er District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil said the Land mark is a welcome addition to New This is a tremendous asset for our she Peel did a wonderful job mak ing this a show just like he said he Ray chairman of the LCRA said the Landmark might not have been built without the communitys This could not have happened if the city hadnt stepped up to make it he Without See Page9 Photos by MIRANDA OERARD HeraldZeitung The historic eightstory Lower Colorado River Authority Comal Power Plant will retain its place in the New Braunfels skyline thanks to a redevelopment and change of use to oneand twofloor Food safety crisis looms FDA reduces inspections on food WASHINGTON AP The federal agency thats been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut but ter is conducting just half the food safe ty inspections it did three years The cuts by the Food and Drug Administration come despite a barrage of highprofile food We have a food safety crisis on the said Michael director of the Center for Food Safety at the Uni versity of Between 2003 and FDA food safety inspections dropped 47 according to a database analysis of fed eral records by The Associated Thats not all thats dropping at the FDA in terms of food The analy sis also shows are 12 percent fewer FDA employees in field offices who concen trate on food tests for food have dropped nearly 75 from in 2003 to last accord ing to the agencys own After the 11 the at the urging of increased the number of food inspectors and inspec tions amid fears that the nations food system was vulnerable to Inspectors and inspections spiked in but now both have fallen enough to erase the The only difference is now its because there are more inspections to facilities and more food coming into which requires See SAFETY Page 9 I BLUEBONNET iFORDfXPLOftERI 6
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